“Daunting and exciting,
an internship with the
United States State
Department served as an
ideal jumping off point
for the start of my
—Antonela Miho '15, student intern at the State Department at U.S. Consulate in Lyon, France
Interested in offering internship opportunities to Pomona College students? Visit our Career Development Office for more information.
Exploring opportunities outside the classroom has become an increasingly important part of a college education, not only helping students with career decisions, but also giving them an edge when it comes to applying to graduate school and for competitive fellowships and scholarships.
Summer Internship Program
Launched in 2011, the Pomona College summer internship program has funded 80 full-time domestic and international internships, including stints at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the JAG Corps in Southern California, and the Whitney Museum in New York. In just three years, the program has seen a remarkable growth, from eight internships in its first year to 25 in 2012, and to 47 in 2013.
Because working in the summer is a necessity for many Pomona students, taking advantage of unpaid or low-paying internships is not always possible. To make it possible for all interested students to participate, the College provides stipends of up to $4,000 for domestic internships and up to $5,000 for international internships to cover living expenses and travel. The awards also provide an opportunity for nonprofit groups—many of them public policy and community organizations— to benefit from the energy, talent and initiative of our students.
Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP)
The Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP), developed in 1976, provides students with a part-time internship in the greater Los Angeles area. The program helps Pomona students gain valuable pre-professional experience and explore career paths, while making meaningful contributions to partnering organizations. At any one time during the academic year, about 80 students are working as interns.
Most internships are located near Claremont, but there are others as far away as Riverside or West Los Angeles, allowing students to intern at sites best suited to their interests. Students are paid an hourly rate by Pomona College throughout their internships -- which generally require 6-10 hours for up to 13 weeks -- to help alleviate the financial barriers of unpaid internships. A monthly transportation stipend is also provided via the College.